Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hot July 2018

Tuesday last (July 910th) we treated ourselves to a trip to Kinvara.
We had several trips to this port on Galway Bay before, with dogs as usual and I think some photos still there on my sister blog, DroimAnUan.
We have usually been there during fairly cool weather - which doesn't bother us but this time the sun was out in force.
The blues of the Skys and seas were very striking indeed and it reminded me more of a port in southern France.
 This time went on th Flaggy Shore (http://www.burrengeopark.ie/discover-and-experience/geosites-discovery-points/flaggy-shore/), new to us and we loved it too.

On the way, we saw the limstone rising ahead of us


The beach itself was stoney but with a sandy edge.





We'll be back for sure!!



Saturday, June 23, 2018

June 2018 - a much warmer prospectt

After a cold winter blending into a colder spring, a much warmer early summer sprang upon us.
The relative extremes seems to have suited some of the flowering plants especially the primroses and azaleas. There was a sudden flourish of blossoms especially on the black thorns and more so not the white thorns although they seemed in a hurry to leave too. However there should be plenty of sloes an red berries in the autumn.
Basil cuttings did we'll in the porch and potted up well after rooting in water - several meals garnished with their top leaves. I've had 4 rhubarb deserts and some reasonable sticks still remain. Strawberries continue to dribble in - a small punnet or so every 2 - 3 days.

The wild roses also put on a good display as did the climber Dance Du Feu until the high winds of Hector knocked their heads off.





 Peas growing well in the little raised bed, attached to the twiggy supports:

A strawberry plant invited itself into a pot of heath:


Some glorious days this mid-June - the canals and Cooson point particularly attractive.



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Swollen lake, Branch Mad doggie

LOUGH REE FULL TO OVERFLOWING, INVADING THE TREES



AWAY FROM THE DAMP PATHS CONNIE HAS SPORT WITH A DECENT-SIZED BRANCH










THE LYME TREE BESIDE THE HOUSE HAD TO COME DOWN ( :(  ). IT WAS LEANING TOO MUCH. 
 A CHANCE TO SEE AND SMELL THE BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR 
LEFT A STUMP TO SIT ON 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Another Wet One ...Scary Clonmacnoise

Another dark wet early February afternoon ..... Stay in at the fire? Not at all!

Went to Clonmacnoise in Co. Offaly.
I've been there several times before - mostly on balmy sunny days and it was serene and lovely.

Today it was nothing short of scary.
The ancient castle falling endlessly from the mound looked very eerie - and very atmospheric

... I loved it :).








Saturday, January 27, 2018

Early Flowers are Waking UP

Despite the dull days, here come the early flowers:

The Helebore in the garden

and the mini-daffodils


Snow drops by the banks of the canal


The Shannon is swollen - but full of energy too.......as is Connie, red Border Collie, even old Huddie is on the march




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 2018 - a cold one!

So it rained .... and rained some more and got pretty cold but don't let that stop you!

So we decided to go to Fore, Co. Westmeath and look at its "Seven Wonders"
Very atmospheric indeed.
Just took a few shots - below.

A rainy day in Fore, Co. Westmeath




and a bit spookey...




Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Reminder of this Xmas bling

Did not get a tree - with cut down or growing - this year for various reasons.
Instead put some branches in a pot filled with white pebbles and adorned them with little gold balls and silver ornament and tinsel all of which have been around for many years.
Not a great photo below - it actually looked pretty good especially at night with its white lights on.



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The holly in this wreath was really vicious - had to wear gloved to make the wreath.